THE NASHVILLE RETROSPECT !
Have you discovered this treasure yet ? Whether you are a devout genealogist,
or just someone who spent earlier years in Nashville, this
newspaper will delight you cover-to-cover.
The Nashville Retrospect is a great mix of reprints from old newspaper articles
(all the way back to the 1800s), as well as first person accounts of
life and events in early Nashville.
Remember the Tarbox School on Broadway, or the ground breaking to build
what was then the first "skyscraper" in Nashville, the L&C Tower? What
about the fire that raged through the Fairgrounds, or the one that
ravaged the Maxwell House? There are obituaries from the
1800s and articles from The Colored Tennessean. There is a large feature on
the 1918 collision of the passenger trains at Dutchman's Curve, and the
"Yankee Sribbler's" account of the Belmont Mansion during the
If you are a long time Nashvillian, you cannot pick up an issue of The Nashville Retrospect without finding something that will take you back to times long gone.
Below you will find a reprint from the pages of the December issue of The Nashville Retrospect.
A subscription is available for a nominal
charge. And the best news, they have back issues available for ordering, so you
still have a chance to catch up (my missing copies arrived 48 hours
after I ordered them).
Check out Editor and Publisher Allen Forkum's gift to Nashville history lovers.
ACCIDENT TO THE MAIL STAGE
Nashville Whig, December 1, 1823
On Tuesday evening as the United States Mail Stage was attempting to cross Mill Creek, (which was very much swollen by the rains of the preceding night,) one of the horses fell across the tongue and was immediately drowned,—the fore horses became disengaged and escaped,—the Stage with the remaining horse, the driver and passengers, was washed down by the force of the current, the remaining horse drowned, and the stage upset, the passengers made their escape by clinging to a tree, but the driver would not desert the mail, and floated down the stream more than half a mile; when, being quite exhausted, he was saved by William Osmar, a lad of 14 years of age, who plunged into the stream to his relief. The mail bags had gotten loose from the stage and were floating down the stream, when the same lad again swam into the creek and brought them out, threreby, in all probability, saving much loss and difficulty to many persons interested in the contents.
The conduct of this lad is such as to merit more than applause, a subscription is left at the Post office for his benefit, and if persons interested would act with becoming liberality on the occasion, a sum would be raised, which being judiciously invested, may prove greatly to his advantage when of age. Tis said there were several beings, in the shape of men on the bank of the stream during the whole transaction, who did not attempt to afford any assistance; their names should be known, that they might be held up to public scorn, the just reward of such heartless conduct.
(Source: Tennessee State Library and Archives)
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